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Berkeley probes 'hands-off' police response to protest chaos

University of California, Berkeley police took a hands-off approach to protesters on the campus last week when violent rioters caused chaos when they overtook a largely peaceful protest against a right-wing speaker. But that response by campus officers is being questioned amid widening political polarization and increasingly hostile demonstrators.

Last week's protest featured "Black Bloc" tactics employed by mask-wearing protesters dressed head-to-toe in dark clothing and using crude weapons to vandalize property.

While officers largely stood to the side, about 150 people labeled "agitators" by Berkeley police used metal rods, Molotov cocktails and...

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